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Frances Barrow Jackson collection

Identifier: LH-0084

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes photographs and other materials pertaining to the Barr, Barrow, Jackson, Lovvorn, and Morris families.

John William (J. W.) Barrow was born in Bowdon on September 5, 1866 to James R. Barrow and Martha “Mattie” Holmes. At the age of fourteen, J.W. became an orphan and placed under the care of an uncle, William Barrow. He attended Mercer University before opening up a mercantile store on the main street in Bowdon. Later, he built several other brick buildings and expanded his store in Bowdon Hardware, the only store in Bowdon to have an elevator. J. W. also built the Barrow House in the 1910s which is still owned by family members today. While also the owner of a store, Barrow was also the director of the local bank and a trustee of Bowdon College. At the start of the Great Depression, J. W. lost his store but he continued to start several other businesses which he operated until his death.

On December 25, 1887, J. W. Barrow married Martha Ellen Lovvorn. She was born on September 2, 1868 in Randolph County, Alabama to Col. W.D. Lovvorn and Sarah Delia Burden. The Lovvorns were millers and owned Lovvorn Mill. Col. W. D. Lovvorn decided to move his family to Bowdon in order for his children, eleven total, to receive an education. In doing so, Lovvorn became a prominent benefactor of Bowdon College and his wife, Martha, even gave money for wooden seats for the school.

J.W. and Martha Barrow had five children: William Otis, Roy, Hugh Witt, Martha Gladys Rubble, and Sarah Frances Jackson. On December 29, 1944, Martha Ellen died and seven years later, on July 29, 1951, J.W. also passed away. Both are buried in the Bowdon City Cemetery.

Hugh Witt, one of J. W. Barrow’s sons, was born on January 13, 1894. Hugh worked at numerous jobs throughout his life including being a truck driver for the family store, a shop foreman for Ford Motor Co., and a rural mail carrier. He married Virginia Mae “Gin” Trammell on October 24, 1917. They had four children: Virginia Ellen “Jean”, Sue Barrow, Hugh Will “Bill”, and David Trammell “Buddy”. On November 10, 1950, Hugh Witt died and Gin passed away on August 21, 1969.

Hugh Witt Barrow’s oldest daughter, Virginia Ellen or Jean, was born on November 24, 1918. She married John H. Barr Jr. on January 30, 1938. The Barr family originally lived in Cave Springs before moving to Bowdon where John attended Bowdon College. They had four children: John H. Barr III “Johnny”, Robert, Carol Ann, and Virginia Ellen “Gini”. John died on January 19, 1998 and Jean passed away on May 22, 2003. Both are buried in the Bowdon City Cemetery.

A cousin to the Barrows, Dr. Joseph G. “Joe” Morris was the local Bowdon dentist. He was related to the Barrow family through his mother, Becky Lovvorn, who was the sister of Martha Ellen and another daughter of Col. W. D. Lovvorn and Sarah Burden. Morris was born on July 11, 1888. He attended Emory University and later Southern Dental College, graduating in May 1912. He married Livisa King who worked as Morris’ dental assistant. Dr. Morris died on August 2, 1981.

Thomas J. Lovvorn was the uncle of Frances Barrow. He was born in Newell, Alabama on January 11, 1953 to Col. W. D. Lovvorn and Sarah Burden. Thomas married Martha Ann Kidd in the 1870s. After Martha died on March 16, 1886, Thomas then married Polly Smith Ridley. When his parents moved to Bowdon, he moved into the house that they previously occupied in Randolph County, Alabama. Thomas also owned a mercantile store. He died on May 26, 1935 and is buried in the Antioch Baptist Church in Newell, Alabama.


  • Approx. 1870s-1936


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Sarah Frances Barrow, commonly known as Frances or “Frank”, was born on July 21, 1905 to John William Barrow and Martha Ellen Lovvorn in Bowdon, Georgia. She attended Bowdon College before marrying Harvey Lewis Jackson on December 25, 1924. Harvey was born on November 12, 1901 in Centralhatchee, Georgia. He was the son of local Carrollton businessman A.J. Jackson and his wife Elizabeth Taylor who owned a dry goods store in Adamson Square.

After their marriage, Frances and her husband resided in Carrollton in rooms at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. [Fildo?] at 21 Maple Street. Shortly thereafter they moved into the Walker Beck home on Tanner Street. Around 1927, the Jacksons moved to Huntsville, Alabama when Harvey took a managerial job for the A. & P. Store.

During this time, Frances travelled frequently to visit her parents in Bowdon and her husband’s parents in Carrollton. The 1940 Carrollton City Directory lists S. Frances Jackson as a stenographer for the Tanner Grocery Store at 52 West Avenue.

Sometime in the early 1940s, the Jacksons then moved to Anniston, Alabama. By 1944, however, they had moved back to Bowdon and began living with Frances’ parents at the Barrow House. Shortly after this, Harvey and Frances opened a furniture store named the Jackson-Baskin Furniture Company in Bowdon. They purchased the building that dentist Dr. Joseph Morris had used for his dental practice to expand their own business. They owned this store until 1964. After the closing of the furniture store, Harvey and Frances opened the H & F Launderette in Bremen which they owned for twelve years until Harvey’s death.

Harvey and Frances had no children. While living in Bowdon, they attended Bowdon Baptist Church. Harvey died on May 13, 1976 and Frances passed away on February 9, 1993. Both are buried in the Bowdon City Cemetery.


0.96 Linear feet (1 box, 1 OV box, and 1 map folder)




Photographs and other materials pertaining to the Barr, Barrow, Jackson, Lovvorn, and Morris families from Bowdon.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by last name with unidentified photographs and miscellaneous materials placed at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Carol Ann Barr, the great-niece of Frances Barrow, on September 2, 2014. Additions added by Carol Ann Barr on September 24, 2014 and August 14, 2015.

Processing Information note

Processed by Candice Larson in 2014
Guide to the Frances Barrow Jackson photograph collection LH-0084
Finding aid prepared by Written by Candice Larson
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States